Jan 2: What women in film showed us in 2016

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With all the stories on the Internet it can be difficult to always stay in the know. To help, we’ve searched the web for interesting pieces of news, videos and tips to help you start off your week on the right foot.

1. Your underwhelming New Year’s Eve photos

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Celebrating in style. Photograph: ID4448832/GuardianWitness

“As 2016 withered away, our readers saw in the new year in a most underwhelming manner,” The Guardian’s James Walsh writes.

Here are some of pictures sent in by readers:

“Buffering in the New Year…”
Photo By: guardianUser10260692

 

“Sunflower Watched Project Runway with some Malbec. Avoiding crowds 5 subway stops from Times Square.”
Photo By: Marlene Ginader

The Guardian’s readers welcome in 2017 with ‘underwhelming’ New Year’s Eve photos  Tweet This!

 

2. 11 Things We Learned From Women In Film This Year

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The Huffington Post culture writer Maddie Crum writes, “In filmmaking, gender parity developments weren’t as bleak. In January, The New York Times reported an uptick in films directed by women; in 2015, nine percent of top-grossing films had women at the helm, a two percent increase from the previous year. It’s small, but it’s something. No one ever said progress would come in floods, or even a steady stream

We talked with several of them this year, ranging from household names like Sally Field to directors toiling away at short filmmaking, hoping to secure feature-length funding. Below is a sampling of takeaways on how to achieve gender equality in the film industry, culled from some of our favorite 2016 interviews and profiles.”

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3. Arab alternative singer finds inspiration in taxi rides

Source: CNN

“In the backseat of one of those green or navy old Mercedes-Benz taxis sits singer and songwriter Yasmine Hamdan, listening to the driver’s tales from Beirut’s diverse neighborhoods, engaging in serious and not so serious political discussions, and taking notes of those amusing statements that transpire in the rickety car,” writes CNN’s Basma Atassi. “An icon of underground music across the Arab world, 40-year-old Hamdan says that a number of her alternative electro-pop songs are inspired by those taxi rides.”

“When I go to Beirut I don’t drive. It’s traumatizing to drive there,” the Paris-based Lebanese-born artist told CNN at the backstage of her performance in Dubai in December.”In the Arab world, people don’t mix much. Taxi drivers have all kinds of people getting in their cars. So they give a sense of the city and its vibes.”

“In the Arab world, people don’t mix much. Taxi drivers have all kinds of people getting in their cars. So they give a sense of the city and its vibes.”  Tweet This!

 

4. NYPD allows Sikh and Muslim officers to grow beards

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“The New York Police Department has relaxed its policies to allow Sikh and Muslim officers to grow beards of 1.27cm long for religious reasons, in a move aimed recruiting more minorities,” writes Al Jazeera. “Under the revised rules, Sikh officers will also be allowed to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap…”

“We’re making this change to make sure that we allow everybody in New York City that wants to apply and have the opportunity to work in the greatest police department in the nation, to make sure we give them that opportunity,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill was quoted by the New York Times as saying.

“Under the revised rules, Sikh officers will also be allowed to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap…”  Tweet This!

 

5. Muslim Women Like Us — Interview With Humaira

“Bushra Wasty and Sulekha Hassan interview Humaira from BBC’s Muslims Like Us about her time in the house and her experiences with racism and misogny.”  Tweet This!


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This list was curated by Kaitlin Montgomery, altM News Editor

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